Germany’s oldest party was founded in 1875, and is described as "center-left". It roots in the 19th century labor movement.
The SPD is the second largest party in terms of voter support, but the largest in terms of membership. Its voter base is the working class in urban areas. SPD icon Willy Brandt was foreign minister in the first "grand coalition" government with the CDU 1966-1969 and then became the first SPD chancellor. This page is a chronological compilation of all DW content on the SPD.
The French president's urgent demands for EU reform could well be slowed down when he visits Berlin this week. Angela Merkel's conservatives are not on board with his plans to expand the bloc's bailout program.
Six months after elections, the Czech Republic is no closer to a viable government. The man appointed as prime minister faces criminal prosecution for alleged EU subsidy fraud. His rivals refuse to sit in coalition with him, leaving the option of getting into bed with the far-left Communists who want to leave NATO, or the far-right SPD which wants to leave the EU. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
Denying poverty in Germany has prompted a backlash against its designated health minister, Jens Spahn. The uproar over Chancellor Angela Merkel's nominee emerged as her grand coalition signed its long-pending deal.